IH new space plan
Construction on Sarah’s Circle’s new building is nearly complete. We have successfully moved our administrative offices to our new location at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd. and plan to have our daytime supportive services running from this location, as well as ten women moved into their brand new apartments on the building’s 3rd and 4th floors, in a very short while.
Sarah’s Circle now has the opportunity to implement our plans for improving our Interim Housing program and providing more women with high quality services. In November, 2011 we took on the largest Interim Housing (Shelter) program for women in the City of Chicago. The 50-bed program is intended to be a comprehensive interim housing program, providing 24-hour shelter, supportive services, and placement directly into permanent housing, with a goal of a stay of less than 120 days. Last year over 80 women successfully entered permanent housing from our interim housing program and we believe that an improvement in our current Interim Housing facilities will yield greater results.
The women who enter our program deserve a bed, a few inches of personal space, a safe place to store few personal belongings, and the opportunity for success. Sarah’s Circle will retain our current space at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd and conduct the minor renovations needed to transform it into a full service, single site interim housing program. This strategy of reworking the current space allows us to use an existing kitchen, showers and laundry facility, making this a very economical way to create a proper Interim Housing Facility.
Women in the interim housing program will still be encouraged to attend Sarah’s Circle’s daytime program at our new location for clinical groups, educational and general interest programming, and the like, but the Interim Housing program will be private, secure, and self-contained in accordance with best practices. Case management, meals, daily necessities, and some clinical services will be provided in the program space. Women will have beds with secure storage lockers, room dividers for some degree of privacy, and greater flexibility around use of the space, as determined with program staff. The facility will also be fully ADA accessible. These facilities improvements will put the program in accordance with best practices in homeless services, and will dramatically improve the environment for growth, change, and fast placement into permanent housing. The changes will also eliminate the barriers to fully capitalizing on Sarah’s Circle’s particular knowledge and expertise in serving the most vulnerable women.
We are all deeply grateful for all the support you have given us, and ask that you consider another gift to Sarah’s Circle or specifically for this project!